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Step 16: Modifications

Head on over to my blog, and check out a neat way of turning a walking stick into a hefty weapon:

http://brianmatte.blogspot.com/2010/05/walking-stick-bludgeon.html
 
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If you have the time, allowing the wood blank to dry in the sun for several weeks with the bark still on it will prevent much of the checking/cracking/splitting that occurs when working with green or wet wood. It allows the wood to dry more evenly. Of course that means a little more work to strip the bark and/or do your carving, but for me it's worth the effort. And yes, it's best to gather your blanks in the fall when the moisture content is lower. Nice Instructable.